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Top resources that Cumbrian families and professionals recommend

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To help prevent and manage crisis

  • This is a crisis Survival Guide written by parents/carers of children with a learning disability and/or autism for other parents/carers with lots of useful resources, advice and information.
  • Healthy Teen Minds have a training package for parents/carers and a number of resources that have been designed by young people allowing you to hear directly from them about what helps in a mental health crisis. The short training modules aims to build parents/carers confidence to have effective conversations and provide personalised support to young people.

To help with behaviours of concern, including violence


To help with neurodevelopmental needs (e.g. autism, ADHD) pre, during or post-diagnosis

  • Cumbria Autism Family Advisors provide advice, support and signposting to families within autistic children or who are going through the autism assessment process. 
  • The Daisy Chain Project is a national phone support service that offers personalised advice, guidance and signposting, including bespoke visual resources and strategies and interventions.
  • The National Autistic Society has lots on information about understanding and how to deal with behaviours of concern.

To help with mental health issues

  • Kooth is a Cumbria wide service that offers online mental health counselling and support. Children and young people can log on and talk instantly to a trained professional 7 days/week (Mon – Fri 12-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 6pm – 10pm).
  • Place to Be has resources, activities etc – parents of younger children found this particularly helpful. 
  • Anna Freud Centre has a self-care section and also lots of other support (bereavement, parents section, crisis text support etc.)
  • Bullying UK has advice for children and parents. 
  • The Mix for under 25s has apps and tools and discussion boards – parents of older children found this particularly helpful.

To help with sensory issues

  • Cumbria Occupational Therapists recommend the Glasgow and Clyde Occupational Therapists website which has lots of information about understanding and responding to sensory needs as well as sensory questionnaires to complete which will recommend personalised sensory strategies.

National phone lines/online support available any time 

  • Children and young people can freephone Childline and speak to a counsellor, or have a 1-2-1 online chat about anything that is troubling them.
  • Children and young people and parents/carers can Freephone The Samaritans and speak to a trained advisor about anything that is troubling them.
  • Children and young people can free text Shout 24/7 if they are struggling to cope and need support about urgent issues via text from trained advisors.
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